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News release: free online mental health support for students receiving results
Free online mental health support for students receiving results 

As A Level results get released this week, the national mental health charity, Student Minds, is urging any students who may be struggling or feeling overwhelmed to access its free support service, Student Space.

With UCAS reporting that the number of university applicants disclosing a mental health condition has increased by 453% in the last decade, the charity says it is especially important for students to know that there is dedicated advice and support available to them.

Student Space, which launched in August 2020, has recently received a yearly three-year funding commitment of £262,500 from the Office for Students and the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales to extend the provision of its online support. This means that students preparing for university in England and Wales will have access to free, 24/7 online mental health support from results day right through until the conclusion of their studies. 

Rosie Tressler, CEO, Student Minds, said: “Results day can bring up a variety of emotions as students take their next steps. Some students will be celebrating receiving the results they want and getting into their first choice university, others may go through clearing or to a second choice university and some students may be considering a different path to university. At Student Minds, we want to celebrate the hard work that has gone into students' exams and reassure students that your results do not define you. Everyone's path after results will be different and that’s okay.

“We also know that over the coming months many students starting university will be looking for support and practical tips to help prepare them for this transition - leaving home for the first time, making new friends, living independently and managing their own finances. This is an exciting time for many, but it is also a big step, which can be challenging for many students. That is why we are delighted to be able to provide mental health and wellbeing support through Student Space for the next 3 years to help students through the uncertainty of university life.”

Student Space, which was developed in collaboration with students, services, higher education professionals and researchers, comprises several support elements including: advice and information (including resources on preparing for university, managing money worries and advice on how to best look after your mental health and wellbeing), student stories, direct support services (from phone lines to text to peer support services) and signposting to university and students’ union services. Plus, in recognition of the fact that mental health problems can impact groups of students in different ways, a range of tailored services and content has also been created. 

To date, over a quarter of a million students have accessed Student Space, and focus groups conducted by Centre for Mental Health found that students considered the content ‘really helpful’, ‘current’ and ‘authentic.’

Gareth Hughes, Psychoeducation Lead and Psychotherapist shared “We know some students wake up on results day to discover they didn’t get the results they hoped for. While this is of course disappointing, it does not mean the next part of your life won’t be good, that you won’t have a fulfilling career or that you won’t get to university. What is crucial is you take time and care to decide the next steps to take. Feel how you need to feel, breathe and try and be kind to yourself. Then take time and frame your options and explore what next steps are available to you and what you want to do. Importantly, keep in mind that although your exam results may feel disappointing remember that they don’t have to shape the rest of your life. Ultimately there are many routes you can take, just because it is different to the one you initially planned this doesn't mean it won’t be good or even better than the one you hoped for.”

Read more tips and support for students who did not receive the a-level results they wanted on Student Space and for more information on clearing please visit UCAS for further support.

To access Student Minds’ mental wellbeing resources, visit and for support for students starting university explore Student Minds’ Know Before You Go guide.



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  • About Student Minds: Student Minds is the UK’s student mental health charity. We empower students and members of the university community to develop the knowledge, confidence and skills to look after their own mental health, support others and create change. We train students and staff in universities across the UK to deliver student-led peer support interventions as well as research-driven campaigns and workshops. By working collaboratively across sectors, we share best practice and ensure that the student voice influences decisions about student mental health. Together we will transform the state of student mental health so that all in higher education can thrive.

  • £262,500 per year for three years has been committed by the Department for Education and the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales and will be distributed by the Office for Students for the provision of Student Space. The funding will be subject to confirmation on an annual basis following Government funding settlements in England and in Wales.

  • The Higher Education Funding Council for Wales (HEFCW) has committed £2 million for well-being and health, including mental health, developments in 2022/23. This follows £50 million provided to universities in Wales by Welsh Government through HEFCW for well-being and heath, including mental health, support since 2019.

  • In June this year, the Department for Education announced up to £3 million of investment to close the gaps between university and NHS services: Gaps in student mental health services to be tackled - GOV.UK (